Thursday, March 31, 2016

Songs 173-175

Some of my many thousands of loyal followers may be asking things like, "Really, Jon? You thought of Strawberry Switchblade before you thought of Prince?". And the answer to that is, of course not. I think of Prince almost every day. Prince is awesome. But because the idiot who structured this blog decided each artist could only be included once, well, do I really want to go the rest of the year with no potential of having Prince show up? Of course not. The possibility of Prince, in my mind, is better than having Prince included in this blog at this stage. Likewise with my all-time favorite eighties tune. It will show up eventually. Just not now. It's tough doing a blog like this and trying to keep a nice blend of songs and artists without going through the big names and tunes early. That's why you get some of the more obscure bands or genres that didn't get popular play (I feel like I've done a decent job of punk representation early on, for instance). Just thought I'd let you know what goes on in my head.
Speaking of which, let's add some more punk and get the Misfits going on here with Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight (1982)

We'll go from one Jersey artist to another. Bruce Springsteen and Glory Days (1985)

Keep the baseball theme going with John Fogerty's Centerfield (1985)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Songs 170-172

Alan Parsons Project - Eye in the Sky (1982)

Foreigner - Waiting for a Girl Like You (1981)

Greg Kihn Band - Jeopardy (1983)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Songs 167-169

Black Flag - My War (1984)

Red Flag - If I Ever (1989). I miss Mark Reynolds.

Wang Chung - Dance Hall Days (1983)

Monday, March 28, 2016

Songs 164-166

Me, me, me. Today all songs are by artists with the letters "Me" in their names because why not?
Menudo - Hold Me (1985)

Megadeth - Peace Sells (1986)

Mike and the Mechanics - All I Need is a Miracle (1985)

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Songs 161-163

Whitesnake - Here I go Again (1982)

XTC - Dear God (1986)

Yaz - Sweet Thing (1983)

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Songs 158-160

Gary Numan - She's Got Claws (1981)

Squeeze - Annie Get Your Gun (1982)

Tommy Tutone - 867-5309 (Jenny) (1981)

Friday, March 25, 2016

Songs 155-157

Journey - Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)(1983)

Pat Benatar - We Belong (1984)

Beastie Boys - Fight for Your Right (1986)

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Songs 152-154

I should be doing some rowing on my indoor rower but instead I'll do some Roing with musical groups.
The Romantics - Talking in Your Sleep (1983)

Roxette - The Look (1988)

Rockwell - Somebody's Watching Me (1984)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Songs 149-151

You're right, there hasn't been enough electronica so far. No one actually said that except for me.
Brian Eno - Shadow (1982)

Phuture - Acid Tracks (1987)

Kraftwerk - Computer Love (1981)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Songs 146-148

It was quite breezy here today so I decided on a wind theme. In order to have wind, you need a supply of air.
Air Supply - Sweet Dreams (1981)

Patrick Swayze - She's Like the Wind (1987)

Bette Midler - Wind Beneath My Wings (1988)

Monday, March 21, 2016

Songs 143-145

Vanessa Williams - Dreamin' (1988)

Simple Minds - Alive and Kicking (1985)

Fear - I Love Livin' in the City (1982)

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Songs 140-142

Today's post has both kinds of music:

My parents were fans of both kinds of music so I got exposed to some of this stuff. The first concert I ever attended was a Loretta Lynn concert that my folks dragged me along to. We'll start with her. I Lie (1982)

The opening act for her, Bandana, I actually enjoyed. Years later I found their album in a dollar bin at a record store. Here's Outside Lookin' In (1983)

Wrap it up with one of me mum's faves, Kenny Rogers' Lady (1980)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Songs 137-139

Boston - Amanda (1986)

Next, one of my least favorite songs from the eighties, Against All Odds by Phil Collins (1984)

Keith Richards - Take It So Hard (1988)

Friday, March 18, 2016

Songs 134-136

Christopher Cross - Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do (1981))

Strawberry Switchblade - Since Yesterday (1985)

Glenn Frey - Smuggler's Blues (1984)

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Songs 131-133

Ice is nice!

Ice-T - Colors (1988)

Shoot, I messed up. I wanted to include Ice Cube but he didn't record as a solo artist until the nineties. Fine. Here's Ice Cube (as part of N.W.A.) - Straight Outta Compton (1988)

Shoot, I messed up again. I was going to include Vanilla Ice but he's also a nineties artist. How about Coldplay? Aha! I figured out a solution. How do you get ice? You freeze water. So here is Freeze Frame by the J. Geils Band (1981)

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Songs 128-130

Three B's or not three B's, that is not the question. I just wanted to have groups beginning with the letter B today. Call Me by Blondie (1980)

The Metro by Berlin (1982)

and In a Big Country by Big Country (1983)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Songs 125-127

Fabulous Thunderbirds - Wrap It Up (1986)

Melissa Manchester - You Should Hear How She Talks About You (1982)

Pink Floyd - Learning to Fly (1988)

Monday, March 14, 2016

Songs 122-124

Listening to Dave Koz in yesterday's video with Postmodern Jukebox made me realize how undersaxed I am. I'd go so far as to say I'm saxually deprived. In case you didn't know, most of my life I have been bisaxual. But I loaned my alto and soprano to my nieces who are at that age when they start exploring their saxuality. So I guess right now I might be asaxual. Anyway, I need a little sax. Start off with Kenny G and Slip of the Tongue (1986)

Add David Sanborn's The Dream (love this song) (1987)

End with Kirk Whalum's The Promise (1989)

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Songs 119-121

I'm not the only one who misses the eighties tunes. Today's songs are 21st century groups recently covering eighties tunes in pre-eighties styles. Originals and covers are included. Careless Whisper by Wham! (1984)

and by Postmodern Jukebox doing a thirtieish swing thing

New Order doing their 1988 re-release of their 1983 song Blue Monday (we'll call it 1988)

and also by Orkestra Obsolete, also going back to the thirties but for their instrument choices

We'll wrap up with Metallica doing One (1989)

and Stary Olsa covering it on medieval instruments

If you like Stary Olsa, you can still back their Kickstarter for two more weeks.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Songs 116-118

Devo - Whip It (1980)

Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart (1980)

Olivia Newton John - Physical (1981)

Friday, March 11, 2016

Songs 113-115

Back in my first post, I asked if Frank Sinatra was an eighties artist. He was. Here's L.A. Is My Lady (1984)

While this video included several posts worth of cameos. We'll just include one, Missing Persons with Destination Unknown (1984)

Oh, man. I was going to include The Trash Can Sinatras but they were a nineties band. This blog is tough sometimes. So we'll include another cameo from the Frank video. Van Halen's Jump (1984)

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Songs 110-112

The Smithereens - A Girl Like You (1989)

Tone Loc - Funky Cold Medina (1989)

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'n' Roll (1981)

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Songs 107-109

Abracadbra by The Steve Miller Band (1982)

Bananarama doing Cruel Summer (1984)

and Copacabana by Barry Manilow....WHAT! It's 1978?!?! Well, shoot So much for a abbadabbabanana theme. We'll keep Barry and in honor of not being able to include his old song, here's The Old Songs (1981)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Songs 104-106

Today's songs are all about dinero, Pocorobas, cash money. Calloway's I Wanna Be Rich (1989)

ABC How to Be a Millionaire (1985)

Donna Summer She Works Hard for the Money (1983)

Monday, March 7, 2016

Songs 101-103

Kevin Paige - Anything I want (1989)

Night Ranger - Sister Christian (1983)

I Love a Rainy Night - Eddie Rabbitt (1980)

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Songs 98-100

One-tenth of the way done and I haven't even tapped into my New Age memories. We'll celebrate the century mark by remedying that. Start with Peter Buffett and Empire Builder (1987)

Yanni and Butterfly Dance (1984)

Good lord, it has been a long time since I listened to that song. I just time traveled back a quarter century plus. That song may have invoked more memories than any of the previous ones on this blog. Wow. End today with John Tesh and The Black Hole (1989)

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Songs 95-97

Dire Straits - Money for Nothing (1985)

Fugazi - Give Me the Cure (1988)

Paula Abdul - Straight Up (1988)

Friday, March 4, 2016

Songs 92-94

Get It On (Bang a Gong) - Power Station (1985)

Now this is funny. The next artist I thought of was Robert Palmer because the lead singer of Power Station sounds so much like him. Maybe because it is him. So here's Robert Palmer with Addicted to Love (1985)

then coming from out of nowhere to finish the trio today is Buckner and Garcia doing Pac-Man Fever (1982). I'm out of touch. There was a Pac-Man movie last year? Who the hell is nostalgic for the eighties to merit that?

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Songs 89-91

Peter Schilling - Major Tom (1989)

An important single from my youth, Lives of the Saints #135 (Naked Wife) by Honor Role (1988)

Whitney Houston, I Wanna Dance with Somebody (1987)

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Songs 86-88

I've got numbers in my head today, beginning with Saved by Zero by The Fixx (1983)

Chicago's 25 or 6 to 4 (1986 re-release of 1970 song)

99 Luftballons by Nena (1983 German release)

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Songs 83-85

Since it's Tuesday, how about 'Til Tuesday and Voices Carry (1985)

Going back to yesterday, Manic Monday by The Bangles (1985)

And going back a day before that, Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2 (1983)